KETCHUM – A 22-9 advantage in the middle two quarters helped Porter turn back the Fairland boys 44-38 in a Class 2A Area II District 8 elimination game here Friday, Feb. 16.

The Owls, playing without starters James Morris and Thatcher Smalley, had led 14-11 after the first quarter, but Porter went into the half with a 20-18 advantage.

The Pirates (7-17) outscored Fairland 13-5 in the third period.

A 15-11 edge over the final eight minutes got FHS (8-14) back to within striking distance, but couldn’t get over the top.

Morris, the Owls’ center, and Smalley, a shooting guard each went down with ankle sprains during practice during the week.

“Without those two, it made us very inexperienced in a heartbeat,” Fairland coach Jordan Alexander said. “We still came out with a lot of heart and played with passion. We were afraid some of the kids might see it as not a winnable game, but they showed that they could compete.”

Cayden Elliott was Fairland’s leading scorer with 10 points.

The Owls also picked up eight from Cole Cawlfield, seven from Isaac Matthews, five from Trey Martin and four each from Andrew Barker and Jose Garcia.

Porter got 13 points each from Connor Herberger and Austin Willard.

Fairland’s girls (9-14) suffered a 51-29 loss to the host Lady Warriors (12-11).